College Students Create Eco-Friendly Costumes For Miss Liverpool Contestants

Chelsea Healy
MISS LIVERPOOL contestants are to strut their stuff in the finals of the competition wearing eco-friendly garments created by City of Liverpool College fashion students. The beauty queens are competing in the Miss Liverpool pageant and have teamed up with BTEC L3 fashion students who will make their outfits out of recyclable materials. The budding designers have partnered with each of the 30 contestants and have gathered materials such as bath sponges, old zips and buttons, bin bags and broken CDs. Student Georgia McGowan, 17, from Kirkby, created her dress for 17-year-old Jazmin Shaw out of wool and pom-poms. Georgia said: “I like the colours on the dress and it’s a really girly design which is what I wanted.
Georgia McGowan and model Jazmin Shaw
Georgia McGowan and model Jazmin Shaw
“It stands out and I think anyone who would wear it would feel pretty about themselves. I made the pom-poms and my dress is recycled because I used wool that belonged to my Nan and used an old swim suit.” Her model Jazmin said: “I just love it, I feel like a princess. It’s so me. The pompoms feel amazing, I could touch the pom-poms all day and I love the love hearts on it. “It’s my first pageant so I don’t really know what to expect but I’m looking forward to it, I love being the centre of attention. I love Georgia’s dress and we have become good friends, I hope she makes me more dresses in the future.” At the event there are three rounds the Liverpool beauties will compete against each other in, bikini, eco-wear and an evening wear round. The Miss Liverpool pageant takes place at Olympia on Friday 20 May and the winner will go through to hopefully be crowned Miss England in July. Pat Hughes, the organiser of Miss Liverpool, said: “This is our fourth year and this is my favourite round in the competition, they co-operate so well and the tutors are amazing. It works so well. Every year I think the students can’t beat the year before but when I come I am amazed. “There is a difference every year and they are just outstanding this year.” City of Liverpool College delivers courses in Fashion, Art and Design across a wide range of specialisms from Level 1 to Foundation Degree.   Students who have completed their studies in this area at the college have gone on to work in design, garment making, pattern construction, retail, textiles, buying and merchandising. Alison Cropper, the curriculum team leader for Level 3 Fashion Design courses, said: “The students are on a two-year B-TEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma course and this is their first year. “This is our fourth year of doing the Miss Liverpool event. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the students to meet with the contestants, completing a live brief and gain insight into using recyclable materials, not normally used in fashion to create extraordinary garments. I’ve been teaching here for 17 years and each year is different, you never know what you’re going to see and the students pull out all the stops on this assignment.”